Talk about a changed world. In the not-so-distant past, a woman’s biggest fear regarding sex was that she might be called a slut. These days, with adolescent girls feeling pressure to sext and new porn websites sprouting up every day, women are more likely to be called out for not putting out; change does not always equal progress. Gesel Mason tackles the slut/not slut dichotomy in her evening-length performance piece, “Women, Sex, & Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like a Ho, Sometimes You Don’t.” Structured around discussions with women ranging from teenagers to prostitutes, the show—commissioned last year by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center—uses dance, video, music, and text to highlight discrepancies between women’s sexuality and people’s perceptions of it. Viewers hoping for a glimpse of flesh won’t be disappointed, but they’d better prepare for a dose of heady commentary, too.
“Women, Sex, & Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like a Ho, Sometimes You Don’t” runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $22.